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mean

noun

1 mean

An average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n.

synonym: mean value.

Roget 628: middle course, midcourse; mean etc. 29; middle etc. 68; juste milieu [Fr.], mezzo termine [It], golden mean, ariston metron [Gr.], aurea mediocritas [Lat.].    straight ... show more

Roget 68: middle, midst, mediety, mean etc. 29; medium, middle term; center etc. 222, mid-course etc. 628; ... show more

Roget 29: mean, average; median, mode; balance, medium, mediocrity, generality; golden mean etc. (mid-course) 628; middle etc. ... show more

Dutch: gemiddelde, moyenne
Polish: średnia potęgowa rzędu k, średnia potęgowa



verb

1 mean

Mean or intend to express or convey:
— You never understand what I mean!.

synonym: intend.

Roget 620: intend, purpose, design, mean; have to; propose to oneself; harbor a design; have in view, have in contemplation, have in one's eye, have in petto; have an eye to.    bid for, labor for; ... show more

Dutch: van plan zijn, willen, bedoelen, intenderen

2 mean

Have as a logical consequence:
— The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers.

synonyms: entail, imply.

Dutch: beduiden, behelzen, betekenen, inhouden, met zich meebrengen, neerkomen, omvatten, tot gevolg hebben, veroorzaken, zeggen

3 mean

Denote or connote:
— `maison' means `house' in French.
— An example sentence would show what this word means.

synonyms: intend, signify, stand for.

Roget 516: mean, signify, express; import, purport; convey, imply, breathe, indicate, bespeak, bear a sense; tell of, speak of; touch on; ... show more

4 mean

Have in mind as a purpose:
— I mean no harm.
— I only meant to help you.

synonyms: intend, think.

Dutch: beogen, intenderen, bedoelen, menen

5 mean

Have a specified degree of importance.

Dutch: betekenen

6 mean

Intend to refer to:
— Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!.

synonyms: have in mind, think of.

Dutch: in gedachte hebben

7 mean

Destine or designate for a certain purpose.

adjective

1 mean

Approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value:
— The mean annual rainfall.

synonym: average.

Roget 29: mean, intermediate; middle etc. 68; average; neutral.    mediocre, middle-class; commonplace etc. (unimportant) 643.    ... show more

Roget 943: selfish; self-seeking, self-indulgent, self-interested, self-centered; wrapped up in self, wrapt up in self, centered in self; egotistic, egotistical; egoistical.    illiberal, mean, ungenerous, ... show more

Roget 68: middle, medial, mesial [Med.], mean, mid, median, average; middlemost, midmost; mediate; intermediate etc. (interjacent) 228; ... show more

Polish: przeciętny, średni

2 mean

Characterized by malice:
— In a mean mood.

synonym: hateful.

Roget 649: hurtful, harmful, scathful, baneful, baleful; injurious, deleterious, detrimental, noxious, pernicious, mischievous, full of mischief, mischief-making, malefic, ... show more

3 mean

Having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality:
— Taking a mean advantage.
— Chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort.
— Something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics.

synonyms: base, meanspirited.

Roget 940: dishonest, dishonorable; unconscientious, unscrupulous; fraudulent etc. 545; knavish; disgraceful etc. (disreputable) 974; wicked etc. ... show more

Roget 886: servile, obsequious; supple, supple as a glove; soapy, oily, pliant, cringing, abased, dough-faced, fawning, slavish, groveling, sniveling, ... show more

Roget 876: ignoble, common, mean, low, base, vile, sorry, scrubby, beggarly; below par; no great shakes etc. (unimportant) 643; ... show more

4 mean

Excellent.

5 mean

Marked by poverty befitting a beggar:
— A mean hut.

synonym: beggarly.

Roget 874: disgraced etc. v.; blown upon; shorn of its beams" [Milton], shorn of one's glory; overcome, downtrodden; loaded with shame etc. n.; in bad repute etc. ... show more

Roget 643: unimportant; of little account, of small account, of no account, of little importance, of no importance etc. 642; immaterial; unessential, nonessential; indifferent.    subordinate etc. ... show more

Polish: żebracki

6 mean

used of persons or behavior Characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity:
— A mean person.

synonyms: mingy, miserly, tight.

Roget 819: parsimonious, penurious, stingy, miserly, mean, shabby, peddling, scrubby, penny wise, near, niggardly, close; fast handed, close handed, ... show more

Polish: skąpy

7 mean

used of sums of money So small in amount as to deserve contempt.

synonym: beggarly.

8 mean

Of no value or worth.

synonym: bastardly.


Moby thesaurus: Herculean, Lenten, Mickey Mouse, OK, Spartan, abject, abominable, absolutely, abstemious, abstruse, abysmal, ace-high, add up to, affect, agency, agent, ailing, aim, aim at, allegorize ... show more.

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